updated 05:35 pm EDT, Sat April 28, 2012
Lenovo investment Eedoo makes costly motion gaming
A recent Lenovo investment, Eedoo, is drawing criticism for the upcoming launch of China's first mainstream motion gaming system, the CT510. Pitched as a family entertainment system, the system is conspicuously like Microsoft's Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360 but is intended more as a general device with HD movie playback, karaoke, and motion-driven exercise apps. At $600, however, it costs more than the $399 US price of Microsoft's most advanced Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle.
The price has triggered multiple complaints from native Chinese that a device effectively imitating the Kinect and Xbox combo would cost as much as it does. Questions have also existed as to whether the device is legal. A ban exists that officially keeps consoles like the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii out of mainland China, which would raise the specter of possible domestic favoritism. Eedoo may be counting on marketing the hardware as a generic device rather than a console to skirt the ban.
The console has led to increased calls for revoking the ban. Despite the block, many are known to bootleg American and Japanese consoles. Without a legal way to buy the games within China, many simply pirate the games rather than visit Hong Kong or another country altogether to get their titles.
The CT510 should be in stores next week and is unlikely to leave China outside of on-demand exports. [via MIC Gadget and Engadget]